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Steve Kerr opens up on hosting Trayvon Martin's mom at Warriors-Heat

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Steve Kerr opens up on hosting Trayvon Martin's mom at Warriors-Heat

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has gained a reputation for wearing his emotions on his sleeve during his coaching career. During Friday’s loss to the Heat in Miami, he wore something more dear to his heart, in the form of a wristband with “I Am Trayvon Martin” inscribed on the rubber accessory.

Martin was killed 240 miles up the road in an Orlando suburb of Sanford, at the hands of George Zimmerman. The band also came with a guest: Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was at the game, per Kerr’s request.

The two share a common thread of losing loved ones to gun violence. Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was murdered in 1984 in Lebanon while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. Twenty-eight years later, Martin -- Fulton's son -- was killed by Zimmerman. Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, was confronted by Zimmerman, after seeing him walk in his gated community. In the ensuing altercation, Zimmerman shot Martin, killing him. During the trial, Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense and ultimately was found not guilty of second-degree murder.

"It was heartbreaking," Kerr told to NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s a pain that will never go away."

Following Friday's loss, a Warriors team official guided Fulton to Golden State's locker room, where she met with the team and Kerr.

“It’s not easy," Kerr admitted. "What do you say to somebody who’s lost a child in that manner? There’s not much I can say. Just try to do nice things for people and kind gestures go a long way,"

In recent years, Kerr has been outspoken on social issues of race and gun control. Last year, he participated in a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area to call for tougher gun laws.

[RELATED: Kerr thoughtfully responds to Trump's remarks]

With Fulton's visit, Kerr hoped to bring her solace.

"So she was a beautiful woman," Kerr said. "I’m glad we could host her and she could meet some of our guys and have a fun night at the ball game. It meant a lot to me."

Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Knicks in town, the Warriors (5-20) have a good chance at doing something they haven't done in weeks: Win a game at Chase Center. 

History is on Golden State's side, as the Warriors have beaten New York 10 straight times, including the last five matchups in the Bay Area. 

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The Knicks come into Chase Center one week removed from firing head coach David Fizdale under familiar Knick-like circumstances. Since the move, the team has lost their last two games, bringing the league's worst record (4-20) into their only trip to the Bay. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

Knicks
C Taj Gibson
F Marcus Morris
F Julius Randle
G RJ Barrett
G Frank Ntilikina

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Steph Curry (Left- hand fracture), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) is questionable. 

Knicks: Kadeem Allen (G League assignment), Reggie Bullock (Cervical disc herniation), Wayne Ellington (Left Achilles soreness), Ivan Rabb (G League assignment)

ROTATION

Warriors: Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, rookie forward Eric Paschall believes he'll play. Paschall's streak of double-figure scoring games ended at 13 on Monday night against the Grizzlies. The Warriors still have one of the league's worst defenses, allowing nearly 114 points per contest. Damion Lee is slated to make his return after a month-long absence, which will cut into Jordan Poole's minutes. After averaging nearly 25 minutes for the season, the rookie guard didn't play in Monday's loss to Memphis, a trend that should continue as he attempts to find his shot. 

Knicks: New York has had its share of turmoil over the last week, firing coach Fizdale after a 4-18 start. The news came weeks after Knicks executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills held a postgame press conference criticizing the coach over a roster they created. Julius Randle is averaging 16.7 points, but shooting just 44 percent from the field as a power forward. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Warriors superstar Steph Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand during Golden State's loss to the Suns on Oct. 30.

He underwent surgery on Nov. 1, and then had a second procedure last Friday.

Why did he go under the knife twice? 

"Because it was really really bad. Not a normal regular 'I fell off my bike' break. He just doesn't complain. My silent slayer," Curry's wife, Ayesha, said Wednesday afternoon on Instagram.

The follow-up surgery was to remove pins that were inserted during the initial incision, which helps explain the longer rehab process.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted last month:

Curry is out until at least February, which is when Golden State will provide another update on the two-time NBA MVP's status.

[RELATEDWhy sitting with broken hand is hardest part of Steph's career]

Let's end this on a positive note:

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